The Next Generation Insitu Product: Integrator
Wired.com’s Danger Room has a great piece on the future of the Unmanned Systems business. Needless to say, if you’re somebody in the supply chain already, this makes you look pretty smart:
But based on current tech trends (everything always gets more expensive), anticipated (that is to say, flat) budgets and projected threats (China and terrorists, as usual), the military believes it can make do for the next three decades with air fleets roughly the same size as today’s — with just one big exception. The robot air force will double in just the next nine years.
Not bad if you’re in the business. If you’re not, well, you might want to reconsider. Check out the full piece here.
Depending on who you listen to, the agony that has been the Boeing/EADS tanker death match may be finally coming to some sort of conclusion. The Air Force is making noises that the decision may be made in the next week or two (if you believe the rumors that are coming out of the Air Force Association’s winter meetings this week). Of course, this means all sides are busy posturing ahead of the decision as to the prospects of protests, but that’s to be expected. I’m not even going to lay odds on any outcome, but you’re more than welcomed to in the comments box. In fact, I’ll mail a PNDC coin to anybody who correctly calls the winner of the competition in the comments section. Extra credit if you correctly predict a protest.
Read more specifics on this mess over at DoD Buzz.